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In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences faced by Indian American children after exposure to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We demonstrate that there is an intimate connection—an almost exact correspondence—between James Mill’s colonial-racist discourse (Mill was the head of the British East India Company) and the current school textbook discourse. This racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces the same psychological impacts on Indian American children that racism typically causes: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon akin to racelessness, where children dissociate from the traditions and culture of their ancestors.

This book is the result of four years of rigorous research and academic peer-review, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Praṇītā literally means ‘fetched water’.

In the Darśapurṇamāsa sacrifice, puroḍāśa cakes[1] are offered. The water that is used for preparing the dough has to be brought in a camasa[2] purified with pavitras or darbha grass from the north of the Gārhapatya fire to the north of the Āhavanīya fire with the chanting of certain mantras.[3] This process is called praṇītāpraṇayana. Here waters is referred to as praṇītā.


  1. Puroḍāśa cakes are made of rice or barley grains.
  2. Camasa means wooden cup with a handle.
  3. Taittiriya Samhitā
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore